The American software giant, Microsoft, has agreed to sell its products to all Egyptian public institutions at massive discounts as well as to train public employees on how to use the software.
According to Al Ahram daily, besides the training and discounts (of up to 60 percent), Microsoft also agreed in the recently signed deal to provide scholarships for Egyptian students who are enrolling in local universities. This agreement comes as part of the government plan to train the human cadre to work in computerized environment and to raise the number of computer users, said Dr. Mufid Shihab, the Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister. It is hoped that this will create a new generation of Egyptian programmers, and, thus, lead to increased usage of information technology in various economic sectors.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Nadhif, Minister of Telecommunications and Information, said the accord with Microsoft is part of the government plan to enhance cooperation with the world leading IT companies. The Egyptian authorities now believe that other leading multinationals will follow Microsoft and will expand their collaboration with indigenous software firms.
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